I'm having trouble finding the halachos around the kibud of pesicha. I found the Shulchan Aruch contains a section for hagbahah and gelilah, but I don't see any description of pesicha.
L'maaseh, here are some of my questions I really want answers to:
- Do I open the ark immediately after kaddish? Or do I do it immediately before/after the chazzan starts vayehi bensoa ha'aron...?
- Do I have to close the aron immediately after I give it to him? Can he not continue until I do so?
- Do I have to "take the long route home" (as we do with an aliyah) or does that not apply by pesicha? Do I have to leave the aron walking backwards and facing the aron after the kibud so as not to turn my back to it?
Even a simple answer of where to look to find this information would suffice!